I used to be quite uptight, maybe even slightly obsessive compulsive. Thankfully, I rid myself of most of that during the last decade. Dearest, darling Katie is helping me make sure that those old personality traits are completely obliterated. Today she decided that it’s not enough to bring truckloads of dirt into the house, sling drool around to cover entire rooms, and leave hair all over the place... no, she must also eat the drywall. Today she thought to herself “that lady needs a test to see if she has really learned how to take things in stride”. So, this is what she did today in the sun/dog room. You can even see the teeth marks in the sheet-rock. Is Katie worth it? Of course! Bring on the spackle, paint and another Newf :-)
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.